While you mothafuckas waiting, I be off the slave ship
Building pyramids, writing my own hieroglyphs
While everyone else was waiting at a standstill, Lamar was making moves. He got off the typical route, started building his empire and writing down his message. He’s gone after Hiii Power. Notice how these lines change as the song progresses.
Kendrick is making a statement that shows that his race is not a disadvantage; he’s independent & is moving forward to reach success. This is important as he contrasts one oppressive event (slavery) in Black history to a time of glory (Egyptian Royalty). Therefore, suggesting others alike to unleash their true potential by unlocking their shackels.
The slave ship mention is relevant to the Atlantic slave trade.
This is possibly also a jab at the social pyramid of society. Also Egyptian symbols and mythology are frequent in freemasonry which ties in with the Illuminati line later on. He subtly hints about the influence on society from the masons etc. and want people to build up their own system of knowledge and power.
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